Republiek van Haloin
Motto: Isu Takamira Pamwe Chete
Official Language: English,
National Languages: English,
Afrikaans, Shona, Khoisan, Portuguese,
Hindi, Tswana, IsiNdebele, Tsonga,
Unitary Parliamentary Republic
- Prime Minister: Emily Smith
- President: Renier Bekker
- Upper House: Provincial Assembly
- Lower House: House of Delegates
Establishment: from United Kingdom
Independence: March 30, 1971
Recognition: November 5th, 1995
Land Area: 98,417 km² (37,999 sq mi)
Highest Point: Muambe 780 m (2,560 ft)
GDP (nominal): £2,245 Trillion
GDP (nominal) per capita: £229,899
Human Development Index (NS Version): .978
Currency: Heloian Pound(£)
Time Zone: CAT (UTC+2)
Drives on the: left
Calling code: +217
Internet TLD: .hl
Heloin (/həˈləʊːɪn/), officially the Republic of Heloin, is a landlocked country located in southern Africa. Bordered by Malawi to it's north, Zambia to it's northwest, Zimbabwe to it's south, and Mozambique to it's southeast. The capital and largest city is Salisbury. A country of around 5,528,338, Heloin has three official languages and eleven spoken regional languages.
Boer Farmers first arrived in Heloin after travelling up the Zambezi river from Portugese Mozambique during the late stages of the Great Trek in 1840's, the Boers would form a independent state by 1848 called the Zambezi Republic. In 1881 British forces lead by George Helo captured the capital Karasburg and renamed it Salisbury. In 1882 the Zambezi Republic was incorporated as a Crown Colony of the British Empire renaming the colony Heloin. Heloin would declare a Unilateral Declaration of Independence on March 30, 1971. After this Heloin would join Rhodesia and South Africa as Minority rule Pariah States. It would take until 1995 after the end of the Second Heloian Bush War for Heloian Independence to be recognised around the world. After this a White lead coup in 1997 ended majority rule briefly. The Third Heloian Bush War and the subsequent Second Cape Town Agreement in 2000 would lead to the reimplementation of majority rule. In 2018 the last stages of the Second Cape Town Agreement began to take affect.
Heloin is a strong economic power in it's region with membership in the World Assembly, the Southern African Development Community, the Commonwealth Realm, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, and the African Union.
Heloin is named for the british military commander George Helo. Originally styled as Heloia until 1890 when the name officially became Heloin. The source for the addition of an N and the dropping of the A from the name is unknown.
Citizens of Heloin are called Heloians. Heloians are nicknamed Sables.
The lands along the Zambezi River have been settled by various Bantu tribes for hundreds of years before the arrival of Europeans. The Nomadic tribes lived along the river and in the Heloian Highlands were often subject to the interior kingdoms like Zimbabwe and Rozwi, and slave raids from the Swahili.
Boers from the Transvaal would arrive in the area in 1847 declaring the Vrystaat van Zambezia or the Zambezi Republic the next year. In 1852 the Boers would go to war with the Rozwi over control of Zambezi River between the Kingdom and Portuguese territory. The Little War, as it was called, would last two years and would see the recognition from the Portuguese and Shona of the Zambezi Republic and the death of around 3,000 Shona, 437 Boers, and 14 Portuguese. This victory secured peace for the small republic until the arrival of the British.
The Zambezi Republic would exist for 45 years before British intervention would put an end to the state. George Helo seeking to establish a control over the Boer exclave bordering newly formed Southern Rhodesia and looking for diamond mines forcefully annexed the territory in 1893. Karasburg would become Salisbury and Enkeldoorn would become Victoria. The new territory would be declared the Crown Colony of Heloin. In 1899 the Boers Revolted in the Zambezi Opstand. Over 2000 Boers took up arms to send off the British. After a year of fighting leaving 342 Boers and about 200 Brits dead an agreement was reached in Salisbury, Heloin would not be incorporated into the Rhodesia and would retain its own statues as a crown colony.
With the end of the Boer Wars and no demand for migration to Heloin many felt the colony would just become a another backwater of the British Empire, until two young Boers brought news from the interior in 1903. In the hills nearby a farm owned by Ande Du Toit his young sons came to there father with shining rocks they found in a outcropping. Within days news had spread as far south as Cape Town and offers for the land where flooding in to Du Toit. George Helo seeing an opportunity to attract outside investment to the colony and a way to expand the Orange River colony bought the land from Du Toit for £75,000 (£8,400,000 in 2017). Only one day after the the purchase the first prospectors from the Cape Colony arrived. Over the next year and a half settlers from South Africa and England would send the white population skyrocketing of Heloin from 15,819 to 62,903.
During the First World War Heloian Soldiers fought in the South-West Africa Campaign and in Tanganyika. The Interwar Period saw another wave of immigrants from the United Kingdom and by 1930 nearly 100,000 whites, alongside 1.2 million native blacks, called Heloin home. At the start of the Second World War English Heloian would signup in droves, 372 Heloians would die in the Second World War.
The post wars years saw Heloin slump aside compared to Southern Rhodesia. Diamond mining had been replaced by coal mining and tobacco farming. A hydroelectric dam would begin construction, called the Cahora Bassa Dam, in 1958 and wouldn't be fully complete until 1974. In 1953, fearing the growing tensions in Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Heloin voted against joining the Central African Federation and remained a Crown Colony. As the Portuguese Colonial War began to heat up in neighbouring Mozambique Heloin began seeking either Independence or South African Intervention to avoid being drawn into a conflict.
In 1964 Southern Rhodesia declared its Unilateral Declaration of Independence, Heloin adopted an attitude of neutrality towards it's neighbour and largest trading partner. Heloin would have positive relations with both Rhodesia and South Africa during the 60's at the cost of straining relations with the United Kingdom. In December 1969 the British Government called for Heloin to close off ties with South Africa, this ultimatum was impossible. Heloin would state their continued loyalty to the crown and promised a policy of eventual majority rule if granted independence. Britain called for snap elections in Heloin under threat of an embargo. On March 30, 1971 Heloin declared their own Unilateral Declaration of Independence and officially recognised Rhodesia as a sovereign state. Unrecognised, Heloin alongside Rhodesia and South Africa descended further into international isolation.
Cross border fighting with ZANU, ZAPU, and FRELIMO alongside the increased internal tensions would lead to the First Heloian Bush War, in 1975. The first year of the conflict was considered nothing more than a sideshow to Heloin's White Minority who knew that it was only a matter of time before the terrorists would be forced from the countryside. On April 15th, 1976 the police Chief of Sawmills was assassinated by members of the Zambezian Freedom Front alongside a raid on the towns armoury. While the ZFF forces where repelled after heavy fighting the signal was clear to the Heloian High Command, action needed to be taken. The establishment of a series of Bantustans forced rural Blacks into confined and often poor spaces. Lands once belonging to natives found themselves in the hands of the Heloian government or rich Whites. by 1979 nearly all of Heloin's arable land was in the hands of the White minority. An increased military presence on the border ended any more serious attempts to heat the war up.
With the Lancaster House Agreement spelling the end for Rhodesia and increased hostility from Mozambique and the newly created Zimbabwe, Heloin knew her days were numbered. Heloians become increasingly uncomfortable with the harsh methods imposed on Heloin's Black community and public pressure lead Prime Minister Zachery Smith to begin negotiations for peace with the Zambezi forces. The ZFF and Heloian Government declared an end to fighting in 1986 and a policy of full majority rule for the election of 1991. Black Nationalists in Heloin were by and large disappointed with the peace and felt cheated that Black lands would not be returned and that the Bantustans were not being dissolved.
On July 12th, 1989 members of the Heloian African National Congress staged an uprising, demanding immediate majority rule and a end to the Bantustans. For the next six years Heloin's interior would be ravaged by the Second Heloian Bush War. 54,600 HANC fighters would die along with 4032 Heloian soldiers. 27,300 black and 1479 white civilians would also die in the conflict. On November 5th, 1995 in Cape Town, members of the HANC and Heloin Government would sign a peace Agreement and Heloin would implement majority rule. This peace would only last two years and on December 25, 1997 white members of the armed forces would stage a coup and re-implement minority rule. The Third Heloian Bush War would last until January 6, 2000 and cost 35,600 HANC fighters, 7560 Black civilians, 1264 Heloian soldiers, and 260 White civilians. The Second Cape Town Agreement finally ended the wars with a return to democratic rule, dissolved the Bantustans and established permanent white seats in parliament.
The early 21st Century following the end of the Bush Wars Heloin has seen improvement for the black community though many in Heloin say the improvements came along much to slowly. Accusations of Gerrymandering and voter fraud to keep whites in majority control came with every election. Alongside this were unresolved tensions with Zimbabwe that would reach an all time high in 2008 when Zimbabwe announced a closer of the Heloian-Zimbabwean border. Heloin responded by expelling 300 Zimbabwean Citizens from Heloin and calling a emergency draft for the first time since the Bush Wars. South Africa and Mozambique stepped in to avoid another large war in Southern Africa. While talks stopped the intimidate threat of war, tensions still run high and the border was only opened again after the 2017 Zimbabwean coup d'état.
In 2018, Heloin declared a long term process of ending what remanded of minority rule. The Election of 2020 will follow under a new Parliamentary system aimed at keeping seats for minority groups while retaining the goals of Majority rule established in the Second Cape Town Agreement. Immediate effects were felt with the adoption of Shona as a official language equal to English and Afrikaans.
At 98,417 km² (37,999 sq mi) Heloin is comparable in size to South Korea. A landlocked nation surrounded by Malawi to it's north, Zambia to it's northwest, Zimbabwe to it's south, and Mozambique to it's southeast. Heloin's landscape is dominated by the Zambezi River through the middle of the country and lake Cahora Bassa, Africa's forth largest artificial lake. Along with the this, Heloin has the Mazowe River and the Revuboe River, both of which flow into the Zambezi. Most of the country lies within the Tete Highlands and the Tropical shores of the Zambezi. The highest highest mountain in Heloin is an an inactive volcano called Muambe or Muambepiek at 780 m high with a caldera some 200m deep.
Heloin has a population of about 5,528,338, with most Heloians living along the Cahora Bassa and the rest of the Zambezi River.
For most of it's history English and Afrikaans where the only official languages in Heloin. In 2018 following a referendum Shona was declared an official language of Heloin alongside them. English is spoken by about a quarter of the Population as there first language, Afrikaans is spoken by roughly 14%. Nearly all Heloians can speak English as a Second language. Most Black Heloians speak Shona as there first language. There are small communities of Portugese speakers in Heloin's East. The remainder of Heloians speak one of the other regional languages as there first.
Nearly all Heloians can speak some Chilapalapa, a Shona based pidgin language that developed in neighbouring Zimbabwe. Sometimes describe as Heloins forth official language, Chilapalapa has no native born speakers but is spoken by around 60% of Heloians fluently while some degree can be spoken by the rest of the country.
15% of Heloians are white with a slightly higher distribution of British Heloians to Afrikaners, alongside a tiny Portugese Minority. Native Black Heloians make up 75% of the Population. Shona or Mashona are the largest group of Native Blacks in Heloin with smaller tribes filling up making up the rest. Heloin's coloured population makes up about 10% of Heloin.
Metro area population
Heloin is a Parliamentary republic. Heloin's Government is split between the Provincial Assembly led by Prime Minister Emily Smith, and the mostly House of Delegates lead by President Renier Bekker. Heloin is currently run by the Heloian Front in coalition with the Nasionale Party. The Provincial Assembly is made up of MP elected form districts, called counties, within Heloin's Provinces with the Prime Minister being chosen by the largest party or coalition. The House of Delegates is made up in much the same way but sees those counties split into even smaller electoral districts. The President is voted by a General election though the position is mostly ceremonial.
The Heloian Front and the Nasionale Party both focus on Minority rights and are generally considered the parties of Heloians White, Coloured, and other non-Shona populations. The largest political party in Heloin is the Heloian African National Congress, the second oldest party in Heloian, which focuses on Native African Rights and land reform. The United Peoples Party emerged during a split with the HANC in 2005, focusing much more on labour rights in Heloin along with police and educational reform. Lastly is Heloin's smallest party the Workers Democratic Faction, considered widely as one of the last vestiges of the Bush Wars. Made up of HANC radicals who only surrendered their arms during the UN transitional period in 2001, the WDF has in the past called for radical land reform, expulsion of White and Indian Heloians, and Union with Mozambique or Zimbabwe.
Heloin generally follows a policy of regional cooperation and peaceful coexistence, with strong ties with South Africa and neighbouring Mozambique. Heloin seeks to maintain peace around her borders to retain the fragile peace within. Heloin's relations with Zimbabwe have been some of the two nations most strenuous. Both British Colonials with large British immigration, Heloin was seen as Rhodesia's sister nation, since 1980 however both nations have generally been at each others throat. The 2017 Zimbabwean coup d'état has lead to a warming of relations between the two states and a demilitarisation of the border. Heloin is a member of the Southern African Development Community, the Commonwealth of Nations, and the World Assembly.
The Heloian Defence Force was created in 1967 as a response to the heating up of tensions in Rhodesia. Heloin already had the Territorial Force and the Heloian Native Corps. as armed forces but growing fears of terrorist threats from in Zambia and Portuguese Mozambique lead these forces being combined. The Heloian Defence force is subdivided into three groups, the Heloian Army, the Heloian Air Force, and the Heloian National Security Police. The Heloian Army and the HNSP operates patrol boats on lake Cahora Bassa, this small fleet is affectionately referred to as the Heloian Navy.
Currency: Heloian Pound(£)
Fiscal Year: 1 April - 31 March.
GDP (nominal): £2,245 Trillion
GDP (nominal) per capita: £229,899
Minerals and agriculture are the two largest exports from Heloin. Tobacco farming makes up the largest segment of the Heloian economy with Platinum and Chromium mining making up the 2nd and 3rd largest segments respectfully. Heloin also has a large diamond mining sector.
Heloin is a diverse land of many different cultures. Heloian culture itself is seen as a mixture of native Shona beliefs and traditions and the British Afrikaner Colonial culture. Heloians themselves are considered to be a very proud and hardworking people. Most in Heloin consider themselves Heloian first then there ethnic group. Though traditions differ greatly depending on ancestry. Afternoon tea and weekend games of Cricket are still common among Heloin's White population and summers are filled with the smell of Braai smoke among every walk of life. Playing rugby is considered being a sign of being a Heloian all ages and skin colours turning out to stadiums on match days.